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Re: The true PerlMonks Experience (Letter to a soon to be AM)

by mattr (Curate)
on Nov 08, 2001 at 16:49 UTC ( #124052=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to The true PerlMonks Experience

The neat thing about your post is that no one need ever know when you change your mind!

The corollary I guess is who knows if you follow through.. and how do we send supporting email?

Without a handle name, you can't post code for review as easily.. and you are asking for help, right? Using a name also is a minimum signal implying an intent to reciprocate.

As for "level powers", what I've seen of them so far is gardening needed to keep chaos from diminishing the value you have found in this site. (You would be exempt, but I enjoy it myself).

Of course the ultimate in Perl, that incredible community artwork, is to post your own modules to CPAN or go on tour and teach, like Mr. Conway. I think you need to analyze your antecedents. Would there be a Perl with that kind of thinking? It started to solve a problem, but the CPAN is a big reason why people stay.

The voting system isn't perfect, but it made this vibrant forum possible. If you go through with this, we lose a persuasive voice against the personality voters you despise. You could choose to be a ++ to the community that built the resource you want to use, instead of a --.

Let's be constructive. I too have always thought we should do away with --. It is too easy for one bad hair day to wipe out a history of recognition, and the positive aspect of minusminus is limited to say the least.

Instead of subtracting experience, -- could add to a separate censure total that fades, or heals, with time. And perhaps longtime users could vote more than +1, neutralizing -'s by paying from one's daily allotment.

And how about if nodereaper made such decisions in the interests of community warmth and resiliency? He's overdue for a happy job! Also there's no reason why the system can't try to keep track of AMs internally to Reap those personality voters viroids back into the woodwork. Well, there's some ideas on what I also see as a weakness in an imperfect (but wonderful!) system. I wish you would reconsider taking pride in that somehow mercenary AM-hood, and join in more discussions about these ideas with your handle name in the clear. TMTOWTDI !

Yours in Perl,

Matt

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